The Land Reform Bill was published today by Scottish Government.
We have scheduled a #ruralhour tonight on Twitter 9.30-10.30pm to give you space within which to discuss your initial thoughts on the proposals within the Bill.
We will carry out a wider consultation with rural communities in due course, so non-Twitter-ers won’t miss out.
The Scottish Governments press release is here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Land-Reform-Bill-introduced-1a6a.aspx
In their words: “Key measures in the bill include:
o Ending rates exemptions for shooting and deerstalking estates;
o Creating a Tenant Farming Commissioner as part of the Scottish Land Commission, along with other modernising elements of Scotland’s tenant farming legislation;
o Encouraging better information and greater transparency on the ownership of land, through the land register;
o Strengthening the regulators hand in instances where land owners are failing to take their deer management responsibilities seriously;
o Improvements to both systems of common good land and right to roam.”
The full Bill is here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/90675.aspx